ISS-66 mission


ISS crew:

Commander -
Tomas Pesquet

Flight engineers:
Petr Dubrov
Mark Vande Hei
Robert Shane Kimbrough
Megan McArthur
Akihiko Hoshide
Anton Shkaplerov



Roscosmos. Hatches between Nauka module and the ISS are open

July 30, 2021

On Thursday, July 21, 2021, at 16:29:06 Moscow Time, the multi-purpose laboratory module Nauka that had been launched on July 21, 2021 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome docked with the International Space Station. Today, at 20:47 Moscow Time, Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitski and Petr Dubrov opened transfer hatches and entered into the new Russian module Nauka.

Upon completion of the docking of multi-purpose laboratory module with the nadir docking port on the Service Module Zvezda of the ISS Russia Segment, specialists of the Moscow Mission Control Center at TsNIIMash (which is a part of Roscosmos), in cooperation with the crew of the ISS Russian Segment, conducted a leak check of the docking interface and analyzed telemetry data on the status of the module onboard systems. After that, the Russian members of the ISS-65 expedition, Oleg Novitski and Petr Dubrov opened the hatch of the Zvezda module transfer compartment and a few minutes later entered the habitable area of the pressurized instrumentation compartment of the laboratory module. In accordance with todays plan of activities onboard the multi-purpose laboratory module, Roscosmos cosmonauts are going to inspect the compartments, take air samples and install an air scrubber assembly.

Nauka is the multi-purpose laboratory module of the Russian Segment of the International Space Station, It was made by a network of contactors, with Rocket and Space Corporation Energia (a part of Roscosmos located in Korolev) playing the prime role as the module developer, in order to implement a program of scientific experiments and extend the functionality of the ISS Russian Segment. The primary structure of the module was built by the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center (a part of Roscosmos located in Moscow).

The multi-purpose laboratory module Nauka is intended for carrying out the Russian program of applied scientific research and experiments. After it is placed into operation, the Russian Segment of the station will have additional volumes for workstations and cargo stowage, for water and oxygen regeneration hardware. It consists of a pressurized instrumentation compartment and a spherical pressurized adapter, separated by an air-tight bulkhead with a hatch. It is also equipped with an airlock, which enables transfer of science payloads to the outside of the space station, and the European Robotic Arm (ERA).

There are plans to conduct 13 experiments in various disciplines in the new Russian module, which include Kaplya-2 (space technologies), Aseptik (space biology and physiology), Mirazh, Vampir, Fulleren (space materials science), Vitatsikl-T (space biology and physiology), Rakurs (Earth studies from space) and others. Flight tests of the Nauka module will be completed in a about a year.





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